Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Epson Artisan is a professional-grade compact printer with great black and color resolution that can print on a wide array of media sizes and can hold up to 100 sheets of printer paper. So why does it rank so low on our top ten list? This printer's deficiencies outweigh its strengths by lacking in print speed and a compact design, yet boasting high printing resolution.
The Artisan can print at a maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi, which is one of the best resolutions among all of the printers we reviewed. The printer uses six ink cartridges, which gives you the ability to print vibrant, high quality images. Unfortunately, when the prints are at such a high resolution, the printing speed tends to suffer. The Artisan only prints at 2.8ppm, which is the slowest speed among all the compact printers we reviewed.
The Artisan can print on just about any size of media, up to 13 x 19 photo paper, which is something that other models in the series can't do. Also, the printer tray can hold up to 100 sheets of paper at once, which is in the lower echelon of printers we reviewed. You can connect the Artisan via USB, or set it up as a wireless printer.
Our top ten list consists of compact printers, and the Artisan is perhaps the least compact of them all. At 24.3 x 31.4 x 16.3 (W x D x H) and 26 pounds, this printer is on the bulkier side of those on our list. The goal is to find a printer that takes up as little space as possible, and one that isn't a pain to move around. The Artisan 1430 takes up much more space than other printers we reviewed, including its Artisan series predecessors.
One thing that is nice about this six-inkjet printer is that if one of your cartridges goes low, you do not need to replace all of them. This is a common complaint people have about printers that Epson has wisely avoided.
Epson's support is helpful and quick to respond to any of your questions. The Artisan series comes with a one-year warranty. Also available on the Epson website are FAQs, user guides and downloadable drivers for your convenience.
The Artisan 1430 is not a giant upgrade from its predecessor, and it is a little pricier. There is nothing to rag on about the quality of this printer, yet its size and weight, along with its slow printing speeds, are a few things to consider since you're looking for a compact printer.